Officer Involved: Before, During, & After

Course Topics

  • Mental preparation for and understanding the repercussions of a lethal force encounter
  • Department response and recommended best practices to officer-involved shootings
  • Understanding mental bias and how it drives our response to the application of lethal force
  • Case law and legal factors governing the use of lethal force
  • Dynamics and complexities that accompany circumstances around an officer-involved shooting
  • Training methods and habits to inoculate officers for a violent encounter
Tom Stilson

Tom Stilson

Instructor

Instructor Tom Stilson began his law enforcement career in 2015 as a patrol deputy with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office. His career continued after he graduated his second law enforcement academy in 2018 and joined the Springfield Police Department as a patrol officer. A street cop at heart, Stilson is currently a proactive patrol deputy with a major sheriff’s office in southwest Missouri.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Stilson was a firearms compliance officer for a major international firearms retailer and oversaw firearms compliance for nearly 100 retail locations. Stilson graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Stanford University in 2009 and continued graduate studies until he changed careers and entered law enforcement in 2015.

In 2017, Stilson was involved in his first officer-involved shooting and received a Life Saving award for actions taken during the incident. Stilson was involved in his second officer-involved shooting in 2020 and has been involved in multiple additional critical incidents at his agency during his tenure there.

Stilson is a graduate of multiple firearms courses to include Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 where he took Top Gun honors. Instructor Stilson was awarded the Top Gun and Top Academic honors in two different police academies. Stilson is a POST certified firearms instructor, field training officer, and major crimes investigator. Instructor Tom Stilson comes the Street Cop Training to give of his experiences with Officer Involved Shootings to help prepare police officers to survive and recover from these types of critical incidents.

Course Topics:

  • Mental preparation for and understanding the repercussions of a lethal force encounter
  • Department response and recommended best practices to officer-involved shootings
  • Understanding mental bias and how it drives our response to the application of lethal force
  • Case law and legal factors governing the use of lethal force
  • Dynamics and complexities that accompany circumstances around an officer-involved shooting
  • Training methods and habits to inoculate officers for a violent encounter

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